Tell TED Talks: Abortion Is a Human Rights Issue

Tell TED Talks: Abortion Is a Human Rights Issue

In her recent article for The Nation, Jessica Valenti revealed that TED conversations have a policy against presentations that discuss abortion. When she asked TED's content director why no talks about abortion were included in the TEDWomen program, she was told that abortion did not fit into "wider issues of justice, inequality and human rights."

As Valenti points out, recent years have made it all the more clear that abortion is a human rights issue: the United Nations has classified lack of access to abortion as torture, Savita Halappanavar died because a Catholic hospital in Ireland refused to end her pregnancy and the United States has seen the number of restrictions on the procedure skyrocket.

In a letter, NARAL Pro-Choice America summed up the importance of including abortion among TED's many topics, stating that "the hesitation to discuss these issues among inspired thinkers, writers, scientists and advocates prevents us from moving forward into an enlightened future."

It is vital that the influential institution change its policy. Tell TED Talks: Abortion is a human rights issue.

Protest for reproductive rights
Abortion-rights activist and National Organization for Women (NOW) member Erin Matson, right, and others, holds up a signs as anti-abortion demonstrators march towards the Supreme Court in Washington, Friday, Jan. 22, 2010. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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738 1 month ago Tess Lundin NY
737 3 months ago nikki turner astoria, NY
736 4 months ago Gabrielle Smith Fort Collins, CO
735 6 months ago Shelly Clements El Sobrante, CA
734 6 months ago bevin kelley providence, RI
733 6 months ago Jackson Greer Redondo Beach, CA
732 6 months ago Tina Hand Carmichael, CA Dear TED Talks,

I was shocked to read in Jessica Valenti's recent article in The Nation that TED has made a deliberate choice not to include abortion in its talks on "wider issues of justi
With women dying because they are unable to end their pregnancies, politicians in the United States passing more restrictions on the procedure than ever before and the United Nations declaring that lack of access to abortion amounts to torture, it is clear that abortion is a human rights issue. I urge you to amend your policy and to include abortion in TED talks.'); return false;">...
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722 9 months ago Leslie Caputo How could this not be openly discussed by reasonable people?
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717 9 months ago Divya Babbula There are many feminisms, but we can all agree on the need and right for equality among all peoples even if you don't agree with the other details of the agenda. Abortion is a human right, and not j...
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